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Gastric band patient to sue NHS

A man who lost half his weight after gastric band surgery is preparing to sue the NHS - claiming he would rather be fat again.

Tim Daily told how he weighed 24 stone, suffered severe diabetes and had a series of "mini-strokes" before undergoing surgery to reduce his stomach capacity.

But the 47-year-old, from Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, claims he now faces a lifetime of agony and being fed through a tube.

He is launching legal action against Charing Cross Hospital, where the operation was carried out.

Mr Daily, a financial adviser, said staff at the hospital may be considering reversing the operation.

He told the Milton Keynes Citizen: "I'd rather be 24 stone again than this. I'd say only have a gastric bypass fitted if your life depends on it.

"People often think having this op is a quick fix, but they need to be more aware of the risks."

Mr Daily said he had the operation in October 2008 and lost 12 stone in 12 weeks.

"By January the following year I was meant to start eating solid food," he added. "But I couldn't because of the pain. I was collapsing a lot and was rushed to hospital where I was found to be malnourished."

Gastric band surgery involves realigning the digestive tract and sectioning the stomach so its capacity is greatly reduced and the patient is unable to consume large amounts of food.

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